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February 13, 2014

Dean’s on the mend

SHS wrestler back at home

Live Oak —

Dean Shingola’s mom, Monica Shingola, said her son is back at home and his spirits are much better, though he still has a long way to go.

Dean, 16, was jogging east on CR 252 at 99th Lane around 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 when he was struck by a vehicle. He was airlifted to Shands Gainesville in critical condition where he underwent surgeries and suffered from a punctured lung, broken leg, a cracked kidney and had his spleen removed. 

Dean is a sophomore at Suwannee High School where is a member of the wrestling team under coach David Laxton.

Now that Dean is home, he and his family are focused on his recovery. 

“He’s starting to move around a little,” said Monica. “There are good days and bad days. He’s still in a lot of pain.”

Monica said her son will be in therapy for awhile. He will also be working on his studies through home-schooling, Monica said.

“That’s already in the works. As soon as he’s able,” she said.

Dean is very immobile but twice as determined.

“As driven as he already was, all the support he is getting is driving him even more,” said Monica.

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